Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Moses and the Israelites were ready to set out on their journey to the Promised Land. All the law has been given, and the people have been instructed in the ways of the Lord. The tribes are organized into their marching formation and the Ark of the Covenant was carried at the front of the line to lead the way.
Numbers 10:35-36 Whenever the ark set out, Moses said, “Rise up, O LORD! May your enemies be scattered; may your foes flee before you.” Whenever it came to rest, he said, Return, O LORD, to the countless thousands of Israel.”
There are some very simple yet practical applications from this for our lives. First, each day, as we awaken and plan our daily activities, recognizing and enjoying the Presence of God should be at the top of the list. Unless God’s Presence goes with us, we could just as well stay in bed for the day because there will be nothing accomplished of any value or meaning. Let every day of our lives be started with a devotional time of prayer and the study of God’s Word, seeking His Presence and direction.
Second, be prepared to march whenever and wherever God tells us to go. Each day is an exciting new adventure as we follow the glory of the Lord. The Israelites saw the pillar of cloud and fire, and knew precisely when it was time to move. It would lift off the Ark of the Covenant and direct them where to go. Similarly, we have been given the indwelling fire of the Holy Spirit. It is through a prepared heart of prayer and Bible study that the voice of the Holy Spirit is heard and His direction can be followed.
Third, set out on each daily adventure with the confidence of God’s protection. Moses’ prayer for the beginning of every leg of their journey was the same: “Rise up, O LORD!” What a great way for each of us to start our daily walk with God. “Rise up, O LORD! Go before me today and show me Your way. May I live in the confidence of Your power and protection so that I may accomplish Your purpose.”
Fourth, end each day with faith in God’s abiding presence. In those times of rest and inactivity, whether it be just the sleep of the overnight or the extended days of unemployment, sickness, or discouragement, invite the abiding Presence of God to sustain you. He will!
Take these simple lessons and apply them to your life. They will enhance your understanding of the Presence of God.